ShortsTV™ to Release Oscar® Nominated Short Films Theatrically This Friday

Traffic Stop Breaion King Photo credit Courtesy of HBO

ShortsTV™ will release the entire slate of Oscar® nominated short films in theaters nationwide this Friday, February 9. In addition to US theatrical screenings, the films will also be released in Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and South Africa.

ShortsTV is the only network dedicated solely to 24/7 programming of short films. This year, the network will release all of the Academy Award-nominated shorts in three separate events: Animated, Live-Action, and Documentary.

Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive at ShortsTV said:

Short films every year are just an amazing way to see new things that are happening in film. You can get a much better sense of new techniques, new ways of storytelling. The thing about going to watch a group of short films like the Oscar nominees, they’re the top of the heap. You’re seeing the young talent coming through with new approaches, and new approaches to old ideas.

Here is a look at the nominees in each category:


Dear Basketball

Director: Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant

Synopsis: On the eve of his retirement from basketball, NBA legend Kobe Bryant describes his love for the game, which began when he was a young child. From his youthful dreams of glory to his 20-year career, Bryant describes how he and basketball have given each other all they have. His inspiring poem, DEAR BASKETBALL is stunningly drawn to life by veteran animation director Glen Keane and set to the music of legendary composer John Williams.

Country of Origin: United States

TRT: 6

Language: English

Garden Party

Director: Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon

Synopsis: A luxurious villa and its grounds have become home to amorous, hungry and accident-prone frogs and toads. While they enjoy the bounties on offer, including caviar and macaroons, the amphibians uncover the whereabouts of the villa’s owner.

Country of Origin: France

TRT: 7

Language: French


Director: Dave Mullins and Dana Murray

Synopsis: Lou, the guardian of the lost and found box at an elementary school, tries to teach young bully J.J. that giving to the other kids will make him feel better than stealing from them.

Country of Origin: United States

TRT: 7

Language: English

Negative Space

Director: Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata

Synopsis: Even though Sam’s father is hardly ever home because he is often away on business trips, he is able to connect with his son by teaching him how to pack a suitcase.

Country of Origin: France

TRT: 5

Language: English

Revolting Rhymes

Director: Jan Lachauer and Jakob Schuh

Synopsis: The Wolf from the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood” reveals the true and twisted story of his adventures and those of other characters in his world, including Snow White, Cinderella and Jack, the climber of beanstalks. The film is based on the much-loved rhymes written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

TRT: 29

Language: English


Edith + Eddie

Director: Laura Checkoway

Synopsis: In 2014, 96-year-old Edith Hill and 95-year-old Eddie Harrison are married, unconcerned that one is African American and the other is white. The newlyweds are forced apart, however, when one of Edith’s daughters, unhappy about the relationship, forces her mother to leave her Virginia home and move to Florida.

Country of Origin: United States

TRT: 29

Language: English

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Director: Frank Stiefel

Synopsis: Artist Mindy Alper has spent almost all of her 56 years combating severe depression and anxiety, using medication, electroconvulsive therapy and psychiatry to help her. Art has always been her most effective outlet, with drawing and sculpture offering her the tools to give voice to her fears and mental battles.

Country of Origin: United States

TRT: 40

Language: English


Director: Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon

Synopsis: Huntington, West Virginia, known as the overdose capital of America, sees an average of five to seven deaths from drug overdoses every day. Three women — a fire chief, a drug court judge and the head of an outreach ministry — are attempting to take back their community by using compassion to break the cycle of despair and addiction.

Country of Origin: United States

TRT: 39

Language: English

Knife Skills

Director: Thomas Lennon

Synopsis: In 2013, restaurateur Brandon Chrostowski is about to launch Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute in Cleveland. Aiming to become the best traditional French restaurant in America, the Edwins eatery is staffed primarily with men and women recently released from prison, who have only six weeks to learn the skills that will better their lives and propel the new venture to success.

Country of Origin: United States

TRT: 40

Language: English

Traffic Stop

Director: Kate Davis and David Heilbroner

Synopsis: In June 2015, a 26-year-old African-American elementary school teacher named Breaion King was pulled over by a white police officer for a routine traffic stop. The incident escalated into a violent arrest, followed by a conversation about race in America between King and another white officer while he drove her to the station.

Country of Origin: United States

TRT: 30

Language: English 


DeKalb Elementary

Director: Reed Van Dyk

Synopsis: Steven, a mentally unstable twenty something, enters an elementary school with a semi-automatic rifle. After he orders the school receptionist, Cassandra, to have the building evacuated, he holds her hostage and instructs her to call 911. With Cassandra as his go-between, Steven tries to navigate the troubled waters he has entered.

Country of Origin: United States

TRT: 21

Language: English

The Eleven O’Clock

Director: Derin Seale and Josh Lawson

Synopsis: A psychiatrist earnestly tries to help his delusional patient, but his efforts are complicated by the fact that the patient believes himself to be the doctor. With each trying to out-analyze the other, their session spirals out of control.

Country of Origin: Australia

TRT: 13

Language: English

My Nephew Emmett

Director: Kevin Wilson Jr.

Synopsis: In 1955, two white men invade the home of Mose Wright, an African-American preacher in Mississippi, to abduct his 14-year-old nephew, Emmett Till, who is visiting from Chicago. Emmett has been accused of whistling at a white woman, and Mose knows that his fate will be sealed if the men succeed in taking him.

Country of Origin: United States

TRT: 20

Language: English

The Silent Child

Director: Chris Overton and Rachel Senton

Synopsis: Libby, a profoundly deaf four-year-old, is the youngest child in a family who are all hearing. Unable to communicate but about to start school, Libby is assigned a social worker who teaches her sign language. Libby’s skeptical parents are reluctant to be involved, however, and pose a potential block to Libby’s education.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

TRT: 20

Language: English, British Sign Language

Watu Wote/All of Us

Director: Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen

Synopsis: Jua, a Christian living in Kenya, boards a chartered bus to visit a relative and is uncomfortable being surrounded by Muslim passengers. The bus is stopped by the violent terrorist group Al-Shabaab, whose members demand that the Muslims identify the Christian passengers.

Country of Origin: Germany, Kenya

TRT: 22

Language: Swahili, Somali

The 90th Academy Awards are Sunday, March 4.

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Written by Karen M. Peterson

Karen Peterson is a writer from Southern California. When she is not at the ballpark cheering on her LA Angels, she can usually be found in a movie theater or in front of the television. Karen is obsessed with awards shows, and loves everything from the smallest indie film to the biggest of big budget spectacles. She is also unapologetically in love with Tom Cruise.


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